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I received the Tis the season hat a few minutes ago, even though the description says it is for posting or voting on December 25th. It is December 24th, as of now.

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I was under the impression that SO follows UTC time, according to which it would be afternoon on the 24th right now.

marked as duplicate by ChrisF, Bo Persson, BalusC, yannis, balpha Dec 24 '12 at 13:54

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  • It's 25 december in New Zealand. Why shouldn't they receive the hat? – BalusC Dec 24 '12 at 13:50
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    There is a wide margin to avoid tears^h^h^h^h complaints from those who missed that hat due to time zone differences. – Bo Persson Dec 24 '12 at 13:52
  • @Chichiray But doesn't SO follow UTC time? – Raghav Sood Dec 24 '12 at 13:52
  • For posts, yes. Locale-specific timezone is not so relevant on posts. – BalusC Dec 24 '12 at 13:53

This is , similarly to the apocalyptic hat:

So, the official answer is: we over-awarded the hat so that people in Auckland / Tokyo / Shanghai / Vanuatu wouldn't have to wait until their midday to receive it.


This behavior will also occur for the other hats that are date-sensitive. This included L'Chaim, and will include Tis the Season and the New Year's Eve Hat / Auld Lang Syne.

Basically: Don't panic! It's a feature, not a bug!

  • Alright. Thank you. Will accept in 11 minutes. – Raghav Sood Dec 24 '12 at 13:53
  • Dont panic! .. :D – asheeshr Dec 24 '12 at 13:53
  • Don't know which of the contrasts are least surprising. – Grant Thomas Dec 24 '12 at 14:35

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